Perfection Is A Process

There is no perfect path, but that does not mean we should not seek perfection in our footsteps. There are many times in life wherein the right thing to do, whether morally, personally, or professionally, is not totally obvious. Perhaps we do not have all of the necessary information to truly make an informed decision…

Our Children Are Watching Us Do What Is Right (Or Wrong)

The best time to do what is right is before we are told to, but doing so after we are told to is a close second. The most important trait we can pass down to our children is a moral compass, the ability to know and do what is right even when peers, society at…

Becoming What Others Need (Kiaijutsu)

For positive outcomes of mutual benefit, we must begin by being who and what others need us to be. Years ago, when I began digging into Japanese martial art history and philosophy, I sent an email to an author of several books on the subject, Ellis Amdur. Not only did he respond kindly and honestly…

Pivoting For Progress

Move forward decisively and purposefully, but leave room to pivot. Whether in relationships, business, fitness, or martial arts, once we know where we want to go and we have a plan to get there, it is important to begin moving in that direction without haste and to stick with the plan as best we can….

Peace is a Practice

Sitting still is not the same as being present. When I was about 19 years old, a friend and mentor introduced me to the philosophies, religions, and spiritual practices of South and East Asia, specifically Buddhism, Taoism, and, to a lesser degree, Hinduism. His goal was not to convert me to a particular belief system…